Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 153 Andrew YoungReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 153 Andrew Young

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 153 Andrew Young

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 153 Andrew Young
Creator: Young, Andrew, 1932-
Dates: 2014 July 28
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Andrew Young is a politician, businessman, and activist. Over his career, he has worked as a pastor, was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, served as a U.S. Representative and UN Ambassador, and as mayor of Atlanta. In this interview, he discusses the importance of economic enfranchisement and global economic policy, his work fueling economic growth in his terms as Atlanta mayor, securing the bid for Atlanta to host the 1996 Olympics, and the ramifications of current technological change.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Andrew Young was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and earned a divinity degree from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. Young worked in the Youth Division of the National Council of Churches in New York City, in 1960 joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and was named its director in 1964. He was a key part of the Civil Rights Movement alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, where Young organized voter registration campaigns and helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Young served two terms as U.S. Congressman in the House of Representatives between 1973-1977, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1977-1979, and as mayor of Atlanta from 1982-1990. Since his retirement from politics, Young has served as director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, as president of the National Council of Churches, and has founded the Andrew Young Foundation.

Scope and Content

Andrew Young talks about the connection between politics, race, and economics, and traces the historical precedent of economic enfranchisement of the newly-freed slaves through the creation of the Freedman’s Bank and the promise of land grants. Young talks about the ramifications of the nullification of the Bretton Woods Agreement on the trade and economic stability of countries across the globe, and references John Maynard Keynes’ book The Economic Consequences of Peace. Young discusses bringing international investment and businesses, such as Lufthansa, to Atlanta and the addition of the international terminal to the Atlanta airport. He comments on approaching his work as UN ambassador like a pastor, and his involvement in negotiation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Young discusses the process of preparing Atlanta to host the 1996 Olympics, including getting the nomination, securing funding, and using public purpose capitalism to create a non-profit corporation to finance it. Young reflects on his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1990, Zell Miller’s focus on expanding higher education in Georgia, and Jimmy Carter’s personality and work ethic. He also reflects on the future ramifications of technology use, and the role of young people in bringing and adapting to innovations.

Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 153, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2015.

Related Materials

Access Points

International economic relations.
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 153 Andrew Young video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 153 Andrew Young video, 2014 July 28 Access Online